incipit


in·ci·pit

noun \ˈin(t)-sə-pət, ˈiŋ-kə-ˌpit; in-ˈsi-pət, -ˈki-\

Definition of INCIPIT

:  the first part :  beginning; specifically :  the opening words of a text of a medieval manuscript or early printed book

Origin of INCIPIT

Latin, it begins, from incipere
First Known Use: 1897

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